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Old 09-18-2014, 9:29 AM
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Default Open carry fixed blade knife in Alameda County?

Does anyone have a link to an official website, or reliable information on laws specific to Alameda County regarding openly carrying fixed blade knives? I've searched around and can't seem to find anything specific to Alameda County.

I've looked at the sticky here which states, "UN-CONCEALED FIXED BLADE KNIVES may be legal, depending on where you are." I'm just looking for anything that may be specific to Alameda County.

For example, is it legal to carry a sheathed 4 1/4" fixed blade Kephart knife on my belt while walking down the street in the middle of Hayward? What about while hiking at local parks such as Garin, Lake Chabot, Mission Peak, Redwood, etc?

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Try the County and city and park web sites.

You should look for 'weapons', 'dangerous weapons' as well as 'knife' - some codes make a definition that includes knives and then restricts the defined term.
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I did a Google search against the Alameda County and Alameda County Sheriff's websites and didn't find anything. For East Bay parks, I did find this document which on page 5, "SECTION 403. FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS WEAPONS" states:

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Except as provided in subsection 403.2 of this Section, no person shall have in his/her possession within the District, nor shall any person fire or discharge, or cause to be fired or discharged, across, in, or into any portion of the District any gun or firearm, spear, bow and arrow, cross bow, sling shot, air or gas weapon, or any other dangerous weapon.
It makes no mention of knives (except if thrown, presumably).

I would think that there would be a list of local laws available somewhere but I just can't seem to find anything.

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Since you are not finding much it would be best to call Hayward police department and ask. If they say their is a restriction ask for the PC.
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Since you are not finding much it would be best to call Hayward police department and ask. If they say their is a restriction ask for the PC.
Better to check the city web site - on the phone, sometimes the answers one gets are a bit inaccurate.
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Looks like 9.12.050 defines a fixed blade knife and a knife over three inches long as a dangerous weapon.

9.12.060 prohibits the use of dangerous weapons by, or the furnishing of dangerous weapons to, minors, except with their parents, basically.


Other than that county law looks ok but you might want to dig around that section see if you see anything else interesting.
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Thanks everyone for your input. If I uncover anything more specific, I'll reply back here. Thanks again!
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Better to check the city web site - on the phone, sometimes the answers one gets are a bit inaccurate.
I feel the same. That is why I suggested asking for the Penal Code if they say their is any restriction.
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Cool It's a good question,

Important question, any updates?
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Years ago, (70's, 80's) we always understood it to be lawful to carry a fixed knife on your belt for example, as long as you were not concealing in any way, shirt tucked in. My friend and myself would both carry Buck knives like the 120 when we were hiking, etc. Used to see guys often doing the same in public. Not so much nowadays. Never had an issue, though I can't speak to current laws.
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